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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2015
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AUTHOR FATHER GREG BOYLE SPEAKS ABOUT HIS BOOK, SERVICE TO GANG MEMBERS, AND THEIR RECOVERY, AT BERKELEY COLLEGE IN MIDTOWN MANHATTAN FOR ONLINE BOOK CLUB
“A day will come when we stop throwing people away,” remarked Father Greg Boyle as he addressed the audience of several hundred watching his presentation live at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan or via computer from various Berkeley College locations in New York and New Jersey, and remote locations around the world on August 4.
Author of “Tattoos on the Heart – The Power of Boundless Compassion,” Father Boyle also is the founder of Homeboy Industries, which provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women, allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of their community in Los Angeles, CA.
“The goal is to stand in awe somehow; it is the route to kinship, and not to stand in judgement,” he said. “Unless we have the undergirding sense that we belong to each other, there is no kinship, no peace, no justice.”
Students, faculty and staff alike were inspired and moved to ask questions after the author related many personal stories he experienced during the 30 years since he began supporting the idea for and founding of Homeboy Industries.
Another student wrote that the presentation “made me feel sympathy and compassion for those we judge and criticize without knowing their stories.”
Along their way, the individuals, referred to in the book and local language as “homies,” grow through self-discovery. Father Boyle related one young man’s recent revelation to him about his past: I discovered today that I preferred my rage to my shame. Now I can forgive my mother for her mental illness and myself for having been a nine-year-old boy.
By responding to the needs in the community he was serving, and thanks to a gift from a caring celebrity, in the 1980s Father Boyle started by purchasing and rehabilitating a former bakery which provided jobs, then establishing a school where former gang members were accepted. A successful silk-screening operation and tattoo-removal services followed, to name a few of the 10 social enterprises that comprise Homeboy Industries today.
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Photo Caption B: Author of “Tattoos on the Heart – The Power of Boundless Compassion,” Fr. Greg Boyle presents his experience with Homeboy Industries of Los Angeles, CA, at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan for the College’s Online Book Club.
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